Comet lander Philae may wake up Â on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenk
Is there a chance that the European Space Agency (ESA) may establish contacts with Rosetta’s Philae lander. The first probe to actually land on a comet may be a lot useful in knowing the truth about the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Philae hit the surface of the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet in November 2014 and the lander is expected to have stored huge amount of information about the comet and its formation.
But the lander s battery problems ensured that scientists back home were unable to benefit much from the treasure of information that it had stored in it. Scientists claim that the battery woes were only because of the fact that it couldnâ€™t get solar light. Solar exposure was expected to keep it going for some more time.
To be true, scientists of the European Space Agency (ESA) were not expecting it to last for a lifetime. Instead they had hoped that it will last around 60 hours on its initial battery charge but engineers covered the spacecraft in solar panels in the hope that sunlight could charge a set of secondary batteries and extend the mission for months.
But it didnâ€™t happen till now. Nonetheless scientists didnâ€™t give up hope. Now, Rosetta spacecraft, the mothership, is trying to awaken the lander and it will continue to do so till March 20. Researchers are of the opinion that there are chances that Philae may respond now as the Comet 67P/C-G has travelled closer to the sun than when it first landed on it.
The comet lander is one of the biggest success stories of European Space Agency (ESA). On March 10, ESA Rosetta Mission tweeted: â€˜Philae lander touched down on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on November 12, 2014 and became the first ever spacecraft to land safely on a comet after travelling through space for more than 10 years and covering a distance of some four billion milesâ€™.